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At Clifford Chance LLP, London-based Jeremy Connick has significant experience in African power markets. The group is currently advising the lenders on the development of a 190MW combined cycle gas-fired plant, which will be located in the Western Region of Ghana. The team has strength in energy projects and is experienced in advising on reserve-based lending. Frankfurt-based Edmund Boyo is well known for his work on structured finance transactions and has expertise in acting for sponsors and lenders on the financing aspects of mining, ports and petrochemical projects.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s ‘superb practice’ has extensive experience in offshore developments. The team is currently advising Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on natural gas development at the Jubilee, TEN and Sankofa fields. Peter Stewart has ‘excellent connections in Ghana’ and is praised for his work in upstream oil and gas development and international arbitration. Timi Balogun is skilled on the infrastructure side, and the ‘practical and brilliantBradley Doline was promoted to partner. The government of Ghana (Ministry of Justice) is another client. All named lawyers are based in London.

Norton Rose Fulbright has an impressive roster of clients, such as African Infrastructure Investment Fund 11, AngloGold Ashanti and Barclays. The ‘efficient and competent’ team handles big-ticket financings, litigation and M&A deals, and has substantial experience in domestic and cross-border capital markets work. It is acting for Standard Bank of South Africa in relation to the financing of the development of a retail shopping mall in Accra. Nick Prowse is ‘very knowledgeable, level-headed and solution-focused’. Martin McCann specialises in major financing transactions in the infrastructure and mining sectors, and Bayo Odubeko is recommended for his work with leading Africa-focused private equity firms. Daniel Metcalfe is ‘very effective’ and Andrew Buisson is also recommended as an excellent projects lawyer. Senior associate Lisa Koch ‘demonstrates a really good understanding of Ghanaian law’. All named lawyers are based in London.

White & Case LLP is well known for its expertise in project financing and PPP work and has a strong track record of advising on the major sovereign deals in the region. It represented the lead managers on Ghana’s issuance of $1bn in 10.75% amortising bonds that were partially guaranteed by the International Development Association, a member of the World Bank Group. In London, Stuart Matty is recommended for his capital markets work and Christopher Czarnocki has vast experience across a wide range of debt and finance transactions.

At Dentons, a team from London and New York, together with its associate firm JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, advised the Republic of Ghana on its Regulation S/Rule 144A sovereign bond issue. London-based David Cohen has a broad range of capital markets expertise. Mary Boakye is vastly experienced in international finance and corporate matters, with a particular focus on Africa.

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    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
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    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
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    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
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    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
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    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.

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